Google announced on Wednesday that it is bringing a new guest mode to smart speakers and smart displays compatible with Google Assistant. Guest mode on Google Assistant compatible speakers and smart screens is different because it doesn’t record interactions on a user’s Google Account. When guest mode is enabled on a smart display or smart speaker, users will hear a special chime and also see a persistent guest icon on the screen (on smart screens with assistant). Users can also ask their assistant if guest mode is enabled on their smart device.
Once enabled, Guest Mode on smart devices compatible with Google Assistant will remain on until users ask Google Assistant to turn it off, which means Guest Mode can be maintained indefinitely. “In guest mode, you can take advantage of popular features, such as asking questions, controlling smart home devices, setting timers and listening to music,” Google said in a blog post. “Your device won’t display personal results, such as your calendar entries or contacts, until you turn off the mode,” the company said.
According to Google, the Guest Mode feature is part of the company’s drive to improve privacy. The new feature comes in handy when users have guests staying and don’t want them to go to previous searches. “We want to make sure it’s easy to control how Google Assistant works with your data like playing your favorite song,” Google added.
Guest mode is available on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and English-only screens for now, and the company will roll out support for more languages and devices in the coming months. Those with a smart speaker or Google smart display can find out more about guest mode by saying “Hey Google, tell me about guest mode”.
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